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Development Of Engineering Management Course At Southern University

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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New Program/Course Success Stories

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9.455.1 - 9.455.8

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Ghanashyam Joshi

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Development of Engineering Management Course at Southern University Ghanashyam Joshi, Ph.D., P.E. Mechanical Engineering Department Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA 70813


The Master of Engineering degree curriculum at Southern University, Baton Rouge (SUBR) includes a required core course titled “Engineering Management”. The course material was planned and developed for a period of over a year before the first offering in spring 2002 semester. The engineering management course covers the management principles and applications specifically useful to engineering and technical graduates. The main topics in the course are planning, forecasting, decision making, project management, time management, quality control, optimization, reliability and risk analysis, and scheduling. The engineering management course offers students with ample opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of course materials and related ideas through guided class discussions, open ended projects, assignments, research reports, and tests. The main distinction of this course when compared to a traditional management course is less emphasis on non-technical topics such as accounting and business management.

The observations and experiences learnt from the development and teaching of the engineering management course will be described in this paper. The future plan of utilizing SAP software modules1 in the graduate level engineering management course and in the selected undergraduate level engineering courses will be described. This plan is based on collaboration between the college of engineering and the college of business at Southern University in association with the SAP university alliance program.

I. Introduction

A desirable attribute of engineers is an understanding of business issues including management. The rapid changes in technology and globalization of trade require engineers to be astute managers. They must be able to integrate business knowledge into the engineering design- manufacturing process. College of engineering at SUBR is addressing this need in collaboration with college of business, in association with SAP1 university alliance program. This paper provides details of the college of engineering plans for SAP implementation in the curriculum. The effort aims at progressively introducing SAP modules in selected engineering courses and at adequately preparing faculty members for appropriate use across the curriculum. The use of other available software applications for analysis, planning, and decision making is encouraged in the undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Joshi, G. (2004, June), Development Of Engineering Management Course At Southern University Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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